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Factory explosion in China kills five

14 February 2020

An explosion on February 11 killed five people and injured 10 in China’s northeastern Liaoning Province. The incident occurred at a chemical factory in Huludao where the blast caused a significant fire which took until the following morning to put out.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

The explosion occurred around 19:50 local time at a factory which produces clethodim herbicide, a chemical which is used to control annual and perennial grasses in a wide variety of broad leaf crops.

The 10 people injured by the explosion are in a stable condition, local authorities said. An investigation into the cause of the blast has begun and all operations at the plant have been suspended until further notice. 

According to local media, the plant’s director was detained by police. Environmental tests were conducted at the site, but no gases were found.

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